Sartorial Throw-Down: The Suit vs. The Jacket

No one ever said feeling out a dress code was easy – especially when it comes to the suit versus the jacket (and, more specifically, the sport coat versus the blazer). One thing is for certain, though: whichever form of suiting a guy chooses to don, there’s no way he’s not going to look pretty darn good in it.

The Sport Coat
Its origins rooted in hunting, this look’s most casual of the three. Wear it to dates and to brunches in the city. Best part? It counts as dressy casual at work.

The Suit
A suit will almost always be appropriate at weddings, job interviews, and formal workplaces (in navy), and at funerals (in the requisite black).

The Blazer
A bit more formal than the sport coat, the traditional blazer is navy and usually comes with metal buttons (chalk that up to its roots as a boating club jacket). Chinos and jeans are both fair game with this one. In my personal opinion, it never, EVER hurts for a guy to have a blue blazer handy. Keep one in your office or your car; you never know when you’ll be needing it.

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By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2012